Year-End Lists

Notable, browsable lists of the year's best music, movies, books, and TV shows. Year-end lists are fingerprints; aggregate statistics are smudges. Therefore, we make no tallies. Follow the link for each list to see essential commentary from its authors, at the source.

2018 Movies

Alissa Wilkinson: Best Movies of 2018

08 December 2018

Alissa Wilkinson: Best Movies of 2018, as published by Vox

[see also 2017]

  1. Cold WarPawel Pawlikowski
  2. Minding the GapBing Liu
  3. Bisbee '17Robert Greene
  4. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  5. Amazing GraceSydney Pollack
  6. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  7. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  8. Hale County This Morning, This EveningRaMell Ross
  9. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  10. BurningLee Chang-dong
  11. The FavouriteYorgos Lanthimos
  12. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  13. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  14. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  15. The TaleJennifer Fox
  16. The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci
  17. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  18. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  19. If Beale Street Could TalkBarry Jenkins
  20. DamselDavid Zellner and Nathan Zellner
  21. Can You Ever Forgive Me?Marielle Heller

Jordan Cronk: Top 20 Films of 2018

07 December 2018

Jordan Cronk: Top 20 Films of 2018, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2017]

  1. The Other Side of the WindOrson Welles
  2. ZamaLucrecia Martel
  3. Jeannette: The Childhood of Joan of ArcBruno Dumont
  4. WesternValeska Grisebach
  5. Dead SoulsWang Bing
  6. Good LuckBen Russell
  7. Infinite FootballCorneliu Porumboiu
  8. PROTOTYPEBlake Williams
  9. All the Cities of the NorthDane Komljen
  10. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  11. Lover for a DayPhilippe Garrel
  12. El mar la marJoshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki
  13. The Day AfterHong Sang-soo
  14. Scarred HeartsRadu Jude
  15. MillaValérie Massadian
  16. BurningLee Chang-dong
  17. Personal ProblemsBill Gunn
  18. Notes on an AppearanceRicky D'Ambrose
  19. Classical PeriodTed Fendt
  20. Shoah: Four SistersClaude Lanzmann

Miriam Bale: Best Movies of 2018

07 December 2018

Miriam Bale: Best Movies of 2018, as posted to Twitter

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012]

  1. Beychella [Beyoncé live at Coachella]
  2. The Day AfterHong Sang-soo
  3. Black PantherRyan Coogler
  4. Leave No TraceDebra Granik
  5. Support the GirlsAndrew Bujalski
  6. Minding the GapBing Liu
  7. My First Film [live]Zia Anger
  8. Happy as LazzaroAlice Rohrwacher
  9. Kinshasa MakamboDieudo Hamadi
  10. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley

David Edelstein: 10 Best Movies of 2018

07 December 2018

David Edelstein: 10 Best Movies of 2018, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  3. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  4. The RiderChloé Zhao
  5. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  6. Won’t You Be My Neighbor?Morgan Neville
  7. The Ballad of Buster ScruggsJoel & Ethan Coen
  8. Private LifeTamara Jenkins
  9. Fahrenheit 11/9Michael Moore
  10. Leave No TraceDebra Granik

Emily Yoshida: Best Movies of 2018

06 December 2018

Emily Yoshida: Best Movies of 2018, as published by New York Magazine’s Vulture

[see also 2017]

  1. RomaAlfonso Cuaron
  2. First ReformedPaul Schrader
  3. ShirkersSandi Tan
  4. SuspiriaLuca Guadagnino
  5. The RiderChloé Zhao
  6. Eighth GradeBo Burnham
  7. ShopliftersHirokazu Kore-eda
  8. Sorry to Bother YouBoots Riley
  9. Have a Nice DayLiu Jian
  10. A Star Is BornBradley Cooper